Working Through the Local Church
The local churches of southeastern Brazil serve as trusted, well-established partners in ministry. These churches provide Compassion with the physical space necessary for our child development centers..
In turn, thanks to the generosity of our donors, Compassion is able to provide local churches with the resources they need to take care of the youngest and most vulnerable members of their community. We are able to provide healthful meals for children who do not get a lot of nutrition otherwise. We support and encourage their education in ways many parents are not able to. We are able to help kids rise above the poverty and despair of their community.
How Compassion Works in Brazil
Compassion’s work in Brazil began in 1975. The ministry started small, but has grown tremendously, thanks to the generosity of Compassion’s donors. Today more than 37,300 children are registered in 188 child development centers throughout the country. The centers are staffed with caring workers who are trained to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the children. These centers offer hope where little existed before.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
The Partnership Facilitator is first and foremost an advocate for children in need. The facilitator helps bridge the gap between Compassion and local churches, but his or her focus is on the children who are served by our joint ministry. The facilitator works to combine Compassion’s resources with those of the local churches to create child development centers that will make a difference in the lives of southeastern Brazil’s most vulnerable population.
The facilitator oversees the creation of child development centers within local churches and the training of their workers. The facilitator helps tweak Compassion’s specially designed curriculum to address the specific needs of each community. The facilitator ensures that children’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs are being met.